After the Madrid train bombings in 2004, Dr. Lisa Dolev realized that public areas like train stations, stadiums, and parks are susceptible to terrorist attacks, but aren’t equipped to put in screening measures like those in airports. She decided to design and build a screening system that was efficient, affordable, and reliable.
She founded Qylur Security Systems, Inc. and developed the Qylatron, a honeycomb-shaped self-service screening system that combines elements of the typical self-checkout set up seen in some grocery stores and basic design principles.
To use the system, the users need to scan their ticket to open one of the compartments where they will have to place their bags. When they close the compartment it glows red to indicate that it is occupied. The users can then go through and use their ticket to open the compartment from the other side and retrieve their bags.
The system is designed take the place of five security lines and requires only one personnel to supervise, effectively cutting down on costs. According to Qylur, the system can also be used to generate income by selling ads on the screens.
The self-checkout security kiosk has been demonstrated at the Liberty State Park, at a Rio de Janeiro airport, and a US stadium. The system was recently premiered at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
The video below shows how the screening system works.